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[sang-gwuh-ner-ee] /ˈsæŋ gwəˌnɛr i/
full of or characterized by bloodshed; bloody:
a sanguinary struggle.
ready or eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.
composed of or marked with blood.
Origin of sanguinary
First recorded in 1540-50, sanguinary is from the Latin word sanguinārius bloody. See sanguine, -ary
Related forms
sanguinarily, adverb
sanguinariness, noun
unsanguinarily, adverb
unsanguinariness, noun
unsanguinary, adjective
Can be confused
sanguinary, sanguine.
2. murderous, cruel, savage.
2. kind. Unabridged
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  • sanguinary fights with swarms of savages armed with poisoned arrows, marked the fortunes of the adventurers.

  • As it chanced, however, neither succumbed in that sanguinary strife.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • Alas, fresh disasters will befall Gaul, with the renewal of the sanguinary conflict!

  • That it may have often given a sanguinary tone to their fancies I have every reason to believe.

  • In this very sharp and sanguinary cavalry skirmish the Bays lost eighty killed and wounded out of a total force of 270.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Well, you ran against a snag that time, Mr. sanguinary Stingaree!

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • The sanguinary despotism which they exercised was a thing of which the most tyrannical monarch would never have dreamed.

    A History of England Charles Oman
  • There was nothing to guide the eye—not a trace of the short, sanguinary struggle.

    Ran Away to Sea Mayne Reid
  • Such were the Covenanters as they waited in the presence of their foes for a sanguinary struggle.

    Sketches of the Covenanters J. C. McFeeters
  • There were ten sanguinary persecutions, some being atrocious.

British Dictionary definitions for sanguinary


accompanied by much bloodshed
consisting of, flowing, or stained with blood
Derived Forms
sanguinarily, adverb
sanguinariness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sanguinārius
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Word Origin and History for sanguinary

"characterized by slaughter," 1620s, possibly from French sanguinaire, or directly from Latin sanguinarius "pertaining to blood," from sanguis (genitive sanguinis) "blood," of unknown origin. Latin distinguished sanguis, the generic word, from cruor "blood from a wound." The latter word is related to Greek kreas "meat," Sanskrit kravis- "raw flesh," Old English hreaw- "raw" (see raw).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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